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Aug. 23rd, 2016

Kapital Nagi

nagi_schwarz

Bad Dates by Taste_Is_Sweet (Rated T by author)

Show: SGA/SG-1 (since Lorne started on SG-1 and migrated to SGA)

Rec Category: Evan Lorne
Characters: Evan Lorne, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Aiden Ford, Ronon Dex
Pairings: none, background McShep, possibly background Jack/Daniel
Categories: Gen mostly, background slash
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: taste_is_sweet
Author's Website: On AO3
Link: Bad Dates

Why This Must Be Read: A great look at Evan Lorne in a fantastic AU where people on Earth have special gifts they bring with them to the Pegasus Galaxy. It shows Evan's transition to his new posting, from being a geological surveyor/engineer on Earth to being a leader of his own gate team in Atlantis. It's also just super hilarious, and shows how the people in Atlantis grew together in that first year.

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Aug. 22nd, 2016

Hero in blueStarlight Rodney

rissabby

Happy Tails to You (Until We Meet Again) by Leupagus - rating: PG-13

Show: Stargate Atlantis

Rec Category: humor
Characters: Team
Pairings: McKay/Keller to McShep, and Teyla/Kaanan
Categories: GEN and SLASH
Warnings: Nothing Explicit
Author on LJ: leupagus
Author on DW: http://leupagus.dreamwidth.org/tag/!storytime+yay!
Author's Ao3 page: http://archiveofourown.org/users/leupagus/works
Link: Happy Tails to You (Until We Meet Again)

Why This Must Be Read: The team has a mishap with an Ancient device.
This is one Pegasus modification I wouldn't mind having for myself. 5572 words.

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Aug. 20th, 2016

stargate icon

mific

Raiders of the Seven Systems (by Ltlj) (G)

Show: SGA/SG1/Firefly

Rec Category: Crossovers (Stargate/Firefly crossovers & fusions this month)
Characters: The usual SGA and SG1 suspects, and Zoe Washburne
Categories: Gen, AU
Warnings: No Archive warnings apply
Author on LJ: ltlj
Author's Website: See AO3, or Ltlj's Stargate site Watergate
Link: Raiders of the Seven Systems on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: Apologies for the gap in reccing - been horribly busy with RL work, but I'll catch up! So this is a fairly well-known classic of course, but I have to have it in a Stargate/Firefly crossovers recc list. Athosian space pirates! Teyla as a pirate queen (kind of)! Plot! A partial fix-it for Zoe!
So many wonderful things in this fic - a really great, satisfying story to read and re-read.

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Aug. 16th, 2016

Kapital Nagi

nagi_schwarz

Lorne: Season Three by Domenika Marzione (rated T by reccer)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Evan Lorne
Characters: Evan Lorne, John Sheppard, Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Jennifer Keller, plus the brilliant OCs on Team Lorne
Pairings: mostly Gen, some brief Lorne/OFC
Categories: Gen
Warnings: no major ones, show-level violence, some cussing
Author on LJ: miss_porcupine
Author's Website: The DMZ
Link: Lorne: Season Three

Why This Must Be Read: Evan Lorne in every episode of Season Three, whether he's on-screen or not. Perfect to read on its own, as an entire arc on Evan, or to read as a handy companion for a season three rewatch. As always, Domenika Marzione brings the best of Evan Lorne and her brilliant OCs on his team as she brings Evan to life. She has a brilliant grasp on the military aspects of life in Atlantis, and it's refreshing to see the world through Evan's eyes, and also to see Evan through others' eyes.

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Aug. 9th, 2016

Kapital Nagi

nagi_schwarz

Teacher's Pet: Lorne by Domarzione (rated G by reccer)

Show: SGA
Rec Category: Evan Lorne
Characters: Evan Lorne, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Rodney McKay
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen, de-aged fic, kdific
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: miss_porcupine
Author's Website: The DMZ
Link: Teacher's Pet: Lorne

Why This Must Be Read: Evan Lorne is a soldier, and he has feelings. The first time I read this, I felt awful for him, for being having the man he called CO taken from him. And I fully supported his burning determination to help John not be afraid of being a soldier when he got older. This is part of a series, in which John Sheppard is de-aged, and I highly recommend the entire series, but this brief and powerful insight into just Evan is a good place to stop by.

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Aug. 4th, 2016

Firefly Jayne's hat

mific

Just Another Waveform Collapse ( the Shorthand Epic Remix) by zulu (PG -13)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossovers - specifically, this month, SGA/Firefly crossovers
Characters: John Sheppard, Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Elizabeth Weir, Jayne, Mal, Zoe, Kaylee, River
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: zulu
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Just Another Waveform Collapse

Why This Must Be Read: Team AR1 stumble into the Firefly universe through a Gate and into a heist Mal and his crew are pulling. I love the way the author makes you aware indirectly, yet very clearly, of the similarities between John and Mal, Teyla and Zoe, Ronon and Jayne, and Rodney and Kaylee. The snark's excellent and it's funny and believable. Like many of these crossovers, it leaves me wanting tons more in this crossover verse.

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Aug. 2nd, 2016

Kapital Nagi

nagi_schwarz

Colorado Hold 'Em by ShippenStand (T)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Evan Lorne
Characters: Evan Lorne, Laura Cadman, John Sheppard, Richard Woolsey
Pairings: Evan Lorne/Laura Cadman
Categories: Mostly Gen, with a bit of het
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: shippen_stand
Author's Website: On AO3
Link: Colorado Hold 'Em

Why This Must Be Read: Because Evan Lorne is seriously badass (the other characters in the fic call him Batman) but also having a rough time adjusting to life outside of the military. This is set in the Vegas alternate timeline, so John Sheppard is also one of Evan's colleagues with LVPD. This story demonstrates Evan's brilliance against the backdrop of a mystery. Also Laura Cadman is pretty badass herself, and she makes a lovely protagonist alongside Evan.

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Aug. 1st, 2016

janet next

sg_fignewton

August reccers

Many thanks to Many thanks to mific, morena_evensong, sallymn, and patk for all their July recs! We had 14 recs this month. I'd love to see more, but as long as we only get four or five volunteers per month, we can't expect those numbers to increase. It's up to you, people.

Our reccers for August are:

mific: Crossover

nagi_schwarz: Evan Lorne

patk: Team

rissabby: Humor

An extra welcome to nagi_schwarz, who is reccing for the first time! I'll be around, too, making my usual random recs, as will the admins as recurrent reccers.

All reccers who are members of the community have access and can start posting at any time. rissaby, please join the community (and comment to tell me) so you can start reccing, too! rissabby has recced before, and Fig can't always spell. :) Remember that you have committed yourself to reccing at least two fics over the course of July, although of course we will be happy with more. Feel free to use the copy-and-paste template from the reccer's FAQ for your convenience.

Jul. 31st, 2016

SG-1 awesome

sg_fignewton

Auguest reccers: reminder

There's still time to sign up to rec in August! If you want to join the list of those who are reccing at least two of their favorite stories this coming month, please comment at this entry and sign up.

Jul. 30th, 2016

stargate 12, rodney

sallymn

One of Those Days All Week by Mad Maudlin (PG)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: SGA humour
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagen, Ronon Dex, Jennifer Keller, Richard Woolsey
Categories: gen, humour
Warnings: Drug use, kidnapping
Author on LJ: mad_maudlin
Author's Website: Mad_Maudlin at Ao3
Link: One of Those Days All Week

Why This Must Be Read:Writing hurt-comfort/whump for Rodney McKay has its own challenges in his, err, unique personality, shall we say? - because neither Stoic Heroics nor Beautiful Suffering fit at all...

But Mad Maudlin gleefully exploits Rodney's gifts for creative panicking and running off at the mouth, for a stream-of-consciousness piece that has him captured and roughed up and forced to work pretty much nonstop until rescued... trust me, it's way way funnier than it sounds, because it's so.... Rodney.

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Jul. 29th, 2016

broken glass Sheppard

patk

"That Which is Broken" by Sholio (not rated by the author, my guess: Teen And Up Audiences)

Show: SGA
Rec Category: Team
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan, OCs
Pairings: none
Categories: gen
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: sholio
Author's Website: City on the Ocean's Edge
Link: That Which is Broken by Sholio

Summary by the author:
Following the events of "Trinity", Teyla has a plan to repair the rift in her team ... but it may come at a terrible cost.

This story won in the 2006 Stargate Fan Awards for Best Episode Tag. Funny, I thought I had this one already recommended but I can't find it in the archived recs.

Teyla's plan backfires horribly and Rodney has to save the day, John and everything. *g*
Great, inventive story, in which everything fits perfectly together. This story just flows. Action, adventure, character background, arguments, bickering, angst, and a happy end, all written by an author who knows their art, what more do you want? If you're looking for a long, captivating read - that's the one for you.

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broken glass Sheppard

patk

"Team Spirit" by Penknife (Teen And Up Audiences)

Show: SGA
Rec Category: Team
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Pairings: none
Categories: gen
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: penknife
Author's Website: on AO3
Link: Team Spirit by Penknife

Summary by the author:
Rodney thinks that bonding experiences should probably not involve his bathtub.

Set in S4, after Teyla and John clashed, Teyla is suspended from team missions because of her pregnancy. This is the aftermath of a misson gone wrong told from Rodney's POV and pretty amusing. In humorous stories I often find that the comical part is somewhat overdone, steering the story right into the realm of comedy. This one balances skillfully on the edge. It is funny, with a pinch of insightful perceptions of Rodney, which shows how well he knows his teammates, though without turning the characters straight into comedy figures.

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Jul. 28th, 2016

aithusa

morena_evensong

With Wings so Bright They Burn by lavvyan (R)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Elizabeth Weir, Carson Beckett, Teyla Emmagen, Aiden Ford
Pairings: Sheppard/McKay
Categories: Slash, Crossover
Warnings: Mention past abuse/medical experimentation, off-screen cannon character death
Author on LJ: lavvyan
Author's Website: Fic Index on LJ
Link: With Wings so Bright They Burn

Why This Must Be Read: A crossover with X-Men, this story is a fun read told from John's point of view during the early part of season one. In this AU crossover world, the Atlantis expedition was (mostly) made up of mutants. No X-Men characters actually make an appearance, but I like that they are peripherally still in the story by being mentioned in passing as people who exist. And the more real connection one of them ends up having to the story is, I think, rather clever. Even if you don't know X-Men very much, you should definitely still check this story out.

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Jul. 27th, 2016

jonas fic

sg_fignewton

By Proxy, by Nift (G)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Sam and Jonas friendship
Characters: Samantha Carter, Jonas Quinn, Jack O'Neill
Categories: gen, humor, Jack and Sam friendship
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: unknown
Author's Website: Nift at FF.net
Link: By Proxy

Why This Must Be Read: Sam is delightful in this short story, as she helps their new resident alien find a method of recreation and handles the subsequent conversation with her CO with aplomb. I love her sense of humor, Jonas' enthusiasm for new things, and Jack's wry acknowledgment of who's really responsible for the whole thing.

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wordle

mific

Anger Management (by Sholio) (PG)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Kate Heightmeyer (as therapist)
Characters: Kate Heightmeyer, John Sheppard
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: sholio
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Anger Management on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: This is another story about Kate carefully negotiating therapy with Sheppard, who's being particularly mistrustful and difficult. It's about her once again having to adapt and handle things differently than she used to on Earth. I like the unvarnished portrayal of Sheppard, and that Kate's skillful, and insightful. It's an episode tag to 'Common Ground' and 'Phantoms', set after 'Phantoms' - a short piece, but it rings very true.

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Jul. 25th, 2016

sam and janet fanfic

sg_fignewton

Auguest reccers: volunteer post

This entry will be open to volunteers through July 31st. The official list of monthly reccers will be posted on Monday.

Comment with the username you'll be using to rec and the category you want, choosing a category from the list below or selecting a more rare category that has been used in the past. If you want to rec a category that is not on the list below or in the community memories, feel free to ask. Remember that you may volunteer for a category that isn't listed.

By signing up, you are committing yourself to reccing at least two (preferably four) stories in that category during the month of August. July reccers may only sign up for next month after posting their minimum two recs for this month. The FAQ and rec template, with detailed instructions, can be found here.

You must be a member of stargateficrec in order to post, so if you're a new reccer, be sure to join the community.

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Remember: first come, first claimed.
canon vs. fanon, daniel archeology

sg_fignewton

Not Staying, by Nagi Schwarz (PG)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Daniel Jackson
Characters: Daniel Jackson
Categories: gen, humor, episode related
Warnings: character death (and death, and death)
Author on LJ: nagi_schwarz
Author's Website: nagi_schwarz at AO3
Link: Not Staying

Why This Must Be Read: Stargate and mythology are always a wonderful combination. Combine that with quite literally morbid humor, and you get this: Daniel meeting an old "friend," over and over and over again...

Wry, dry, and ultimately bittersweet.

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Jul. 24th, 2016

stargate 13

sallymn

Romancing Rodney (Or, Ronon Dex Gets His Man) by msgordo

Show: SGA

Rec Category: SGA humour
Characters: Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagen, Miko Kusanagi
Pairings: Ronon/Rodney
Categories: slash, humour, Harlequin
Warnings: None
Author's Website: msgordo (kipplemine) at Ao3
Link: Romancing Rodney (Or, Ronon Dex Gets His Man)

Why This Must Be Read: Oh dear oh dear oh dear... this was the first time I dipped a small, wary and wildly bemused toe into Ronon Dex/Rodney McKay slash, and oh dear oh dear oh dear... I loved it. It's pure farce, taking both of them (and everyone else) almost to Keystone levels of comedy, and all the more hysterically funny for it. Ronon kicking the whole thing off by asking an adorably appalled Sheppard for permission to woo is enough to make me fall over giggling as it is, but then when we find out where - and from whom - Ronon gets his ideas about romancing Earth-style... and McKay's oblivious, perfectly him reaction to being wooed... just read it and laugh.

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Jul. 23rd, 2016

wordle

mific

your hair was long when first we met (anon) (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Kate Heightmeyer (as therapist)
Characters: Kate Heightmeyer, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard
Category/Pairings: Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: not known
Author's Website: nope, the author's gone anon I'm afraid
Link: your hair was long when first we met on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: This is a relatively short fic, and a lovely notion about how the reality of the early days of the expedition eventually becomes the stuff of legends. Kate finds her usual methods don't work so well in Pegasus, and is forced to adapt.

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Jul. 21st, 2016

stargate 15, sheppard 1

sallymn

Kalliergo by Domenika Marzione (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: SGA humour
Characters: John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Rodney McKay, assorted expedition members
Categories: gen, humour
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: miss_porcupine
Author's Website: the DMZ and Domenika Marzione at Ao3
Link: Kalliergo

Why This Must Be Read: So sue me, I am a total sucker for Domesticity in Space... and there aren't nearly enough about how Our Heroes actually adapted to life in this alien city (or, umm, didn't :) Domenica's stories tend to focus on the military aspects of the expedition, and by making the all too plausible assumption that the Marines were handed the job of feeding themselves and their scientific charges, she weaves a simple, not laugh-out-loud but drily humorous and quite endearing look at one of those domestic aspects that I love so much... and her John is simply wonderful :)

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Jul. 18th, 2016

wordle

mific

Cartography by Touch and History of Maps (rageprufrock) (M)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Kate Heightmeyer (as therapist)
Characters: Kate Heightmeyer, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: deals with tough subject matter related to rape, in the contenxt of a gradual uncovering in therapy.
Author on LJ: rageprufrock
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Cartography by Touch on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: This is a seriously great set of stories about John going through psychotherapy, as Kate helps him manage his defenses and gradually deal with a mission-related trauma that he's suppressing and denying, all the while trying to navigate his relationship with Rodney. This is honestly one of the best depictions of psychotherapy I've ever read, anywhere, and the metaphors for Sheppard's healing process are powerful.
Also, there's a companion-story with Rodney's POV: History of Maps, so I'm reccing them as a set.

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Jul. 17th, 2016

aithusa

morena_evensong

Agent Afloat Atlantis by Mhalachai (PG-13)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover
Characters: Ziva David, John Sheppard, Team (both of them)
Pairings: some Ziva/Tony
Categories: Gen, Crossover, H/C, Action/Adventure
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: mhalachaiswords
Author's Website: on Wraithbait, Twisting the Hellmouth, AO3...
Link: Agent Afloat Atlantis

Why This Must Be Read: I hadn't even realized Mhalachai had written this story when I began reading it, but when I finally took note of the author's name, it really didn't surprise me. Mhalachai writes exactly the sort of crossovers I love: inventive, plausible and seamless.

This is a crossover with NCIS, told mostly from the perspective of Ziva David, who gets assigned to Atlantis as an agent afloat (much like the title indicates). Ziva's characterization is perfect and she's definitely an interesting choice of character through whose eyes to see Atlantis and its crew. Especially since John obviously doesn't really know what he's supposed to do with her at first. Now all of that is great and I found myself enjoying the story immensely, but then Mhalachai decided to take it one step further and bring the story back to Earth and tie it to NCIS in a way that's an absolutely wonderful blend of both shows.

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rodney 2, stargate 16

sallymn

A Walk on the Dark Side by Eildon Rhymer (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: SGA humour
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagen
Categories: gen, humour
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: rhymer23
Author's Website: Assorted Fanfic by Me
Link: A Walk on the Dark Side

Why This Must Be Read: A unabashed, unsubtle and gloriously gleeful sendup of purple prose :) by someone who has clearly read even more of it than me, and of 'Mirror Mirror' knockoffs by someone who recognises all too well how utterly ridiculous Evil for Evil's sake can be... especially with heroes that, to be honest, just aren't that good at the villainy involved... this is very much a "I wish I'd thought of that! - except that she did it so much better" piece, and I love it.



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Jul. 2nd, 2016

wordle

mific

They Do Not Teach This Stuff In Med School (beadattitude) (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Kate Heightmeyer
Characters: Kate Heightmeyer, John Sheppard
Pairings: This chapter of the 'verse is Gen
Categories: The Checkmate 'Verse overall is John/Rodney slash
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: beadattitude
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: They Do Not Teach This Stuff In Med School on AO3
Original story on Bead's LJ: They Do Not Teach This Stuff In Med School

Why This Must Be Read: This month I'm reccing stories featuring Kate Heightmeyer in her role as a therapist. The show didn't treat her well in this respect - I don't think she came across as very believable, and there was all the Hollywoody hypnosis stuff. So, as ever, "apply fanfic". These stories show Kate as she should have been - a skilled therapist. Due to the nature of SGA fandom, they mostly feature John as the patient, and sometimes Rodney. This one's a favourite - it's from early in Beadattitude's Checkmate 'Verse (in which John's been transformed into a small black cat) - in which Kate's skill crosses species barriers. It's a bang-on portrayal of Sheppard, and Sheppard-as-cat, astute and amusing.

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Jul. 1st, 2016

janet next

sg_fignewton

July reccers

Many thanks to brumeier, morena_evensong, patk, and sallymn for all their June recs! We had 13 recs this past month, ending the first half of a relatively quiet year. Let's hope we see more activity in the second half of 2016!

Our reccers for July are:

mific: Kate Heightmeyer

morena_evensong: Crossover

patk: Team

sallymn: Humor

I'll be around, too, making my usual random recs, as will the admins as recurrent reccers.

Reccers, you all have access and can start posting at any time. Remember that you have committed yourself to reccing at least two fics over the course of July, although of course we will be happy with more. Feel free to use the copy-and-paste template from the reccer's FAQ for your convenience.

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